The countdown is on — 95 days until Brandon residents head to the polls.
The city’s brandonvotes.ca website is keeping track of the days, hours and minutes until the Oct. 22 municipal election.
Key dates, frequently asked questions and candidate information are posted on the website, and for the first time, the city is providing videos of each of the candidates.
“It is our desire to help provide voters in the City of Brandon with a face to go with the name and an opportunity to hear from the candidates, in their own words, why they are running,” senior elections official Karrie Smyth said. “The addition of the videos this year is another step towards that.”
The first two videos — featuring Mayor Shari Decter Hirst and challenger Rick Chrest — have been posted.
“We’ve been working hard to build a 21st century city, a progressive city, a city that’s competitive and a city where everyone has a seat at the table,” Decter Hirst states in her video. “In order to do that, we’ve had to change the way we deliver services, introducing next generation technologies, investing in infrastructure.”
Meanwhile, Chrest speaks of being an active volunteer and community booster.
“My proudest community service to date was my 11-year term on Brandon city council,” he said. “During that time, I served eight consecutive years as your deputy mayor, a position which gave me a great deal of experience and insight into all facets of the city.”
Videos are recorded at city hall and are approximately two minutes in length. The video service is available to all registered candidates for mayor and council. A photo and writeup on each candidate is also included on the site.
The first recordings were completed following the May 1 mayoral registration period opening, which is why the videos for the mayoral candidates were first to be posted.
The second round of recordings were done Tuesday.Most of the councillor candidates were able to take advantage of this date and the videos are slated to be posted next week, Smyth said.
The next recording date is scheduled for early September and Smyth says they hope to include all candidates that have not yet done their recording or any candidates that register between now and then.
The city will include school board trustee candidates on the Brandon Votes website with a photo and writeup. The video service to trustee candidates may be something they consider for future elections.
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